The Program


Requirement #1:

Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter.

Togo is a qualified country.

Requirement #2: 

Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:

A 12 year school education and BAC certificate.
Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements.

Entry period

There is a limited period of time during which you can register for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program during each fiscal year. Each year, the Department of State publishes detailed instructions for entering the DV Program. These instructions include the dates of the registration period during which you will be able to enter.

-Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified-


Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at Incomplete entries will not be accepted. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.


You are strongly encouraged to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If somebody else helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. Incorrect information may result in disqualification or delay processing and risk of not receiving a visa. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of the status of your entry. Think carefully if someone else offers to keep this information for you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in the E-DV.

After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. Starting in May you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2018, providing instructions on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview.

You must provide the following information to complete your E-DV entry:

  1. Name – last/family name, first name, middle name – exactly as on your passport.
  1. Birth date – day, month, and year.
  1. Gender – male or female.
  1. City where you were born.
  1. Country where you were born – Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born.
  1. Country of eligibility for the DV Program – Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live.
  1. Entrant photograph(s) – Recent photographs of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your entry.
  1. Mailing Address
    Postal Code/Zip Code
  1. Country where you live today.
  1. Phone number (optional).
  2. Email address
  3. Highest level of Education
  4. Current marital status
  5. Number of children